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22 Ratings



Directed by Morgan Knibbe
Netherlands, 2014


On October 3rd, 2013, a boat carrying 500 Eritrean refugees sunk off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa and over 360 people drowned. Abraham, one of the survivors, walks through a graveyard of shipwrecks and remembers this nightmarish experience.

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Shipwreck Directed by Morgan Knibbe

Awards & Festivals

Locarno International Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Pianifica Award

European Film Awards

2014 | Nominee: European Short Film


2014 | Special Mention: Short Award

What are people saying?

  • Brotherdeacon's rating of the film Shipwreck

    Stylistic balderdash which relies on the gravitas of the moment to save it from being labelled rococo digi-bay froth--a good double bill with Wilder's Ace in the Hole. Morgan Knibbe's docu-impressionism plays like Narcotized Mallick with zero informational charge. The decisions toward witness lens theatricality leave a crust of disingenuousness floating atop the actions like product tie-ins at Srebrenica.

  • Susana G.'s rating of the film Shipwreck

    This is an important film that documents one of the (too) many shipwrecks in the Mediterranean sea. We hear a whispering voice - one testimony - and, then, we hear the screams, the despair. There is movement: the boat, the graves. In 15 minutes the director is able to show us the different faces of a tragedy, on both sides: who arrives and who receives. A must-see & must-discuss, so that it doesn't keep happening.